Imelda is not only into shoes but her hoard of jewelries would be the envy of many countries dictators’ wives too.
Good to know what is going on in Philippines regarding the former First Lady who is still going strong at 80 and during last month election still won a seat in the lower house of the country’s parliament.
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo on Thursday called off her
administration’s efforts to sell the seized jewels of former first lady Imelda Marcos, saying this decision should be left to her successor.
The jewelry collection, which Manila once said was worth 336 million dollars, was seized after a popular revolt in 1986 toppled Ferdinand Marcos from power, sending him and his wife Imelda into exile in the US.
The collection includes a ruby pendant as large as a thumb and a 100-carat diamond necklace.
The government has charged that during the 20 years he was in power, Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda and his family stole billions from the state. Imelda Marcos became famous for her jet-setting lifestyle during her husband’s presidency, amassing a huge collection of shoes and spending large amounts on luxuries while her country sank into poverty.
Hundreds of criminal and civil charges have been filed against Imelda Marcos, but she has never been convicted and in this month’s national elections won a seat in the lower house of the country’s parliament. Her son was also elected to the senate, while one of her daughters was elected as governor of the family’s home province.